Biography of Thomas F. Quigley
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Quigley, Thomas F., was born in Troy, N. Y., March 22, 1853. His parents were Michael Quigley of Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland, and Mary A. Collins of Abersychan, Monmouthshire, Wales. They came to this country in June, 1842, and resided in Troy until the death of the former in 1860 and the latter in 1893. Thomas, the fifth son of a family of seven, entered the old Ninth Ward School as a pupil in 1860. R. W. Hewitt, who retired in March, 1896, after thirty six years' faithful service as a teacher, was then the principal of this school. In 1867 he passed from the grammar department to the Troy High School from which school he graduated with honor in 1871. In 1869, while still a pupil at the High School, he was elected assistant clerk of the Board of Education. He attended to the duties of his office and at the same time kept up with his class at school by reciting his lessons daily to the late David Beattie, who then held the position of superintendent. also that of principal of the High School. He held this position until 1872, when the board, which consisted of twenty six members, was legislated out of office and a new one of thirteen members was created. For one year he was employed as salesman by his brother, P. J. Quigley, proprietor of a shoe store at 170 River street. In the fall of 1873 he was engaged by the managers of the Troy Catholic Male Orphan Asylum to teach in the parochial school, and in the following year by the Board of Education as assistant teacher in a branch school organized for the purpose of relieving the overcrowded condition of the Ninth Ward School. This branch school was known as Ninth Ward School No. 2. In 1875 Mr. Quigley was made principal of this branch school and in 1878 was promoted to the principalship of Ninth Ward School No. 1, which was considered one of the most difficult schools in the city to manage. This position he held for several years, giving entire satisfaction to the School Board and the patrons of the school. In 1885 he was transferred to School No. 13, his present position. It will thus be seen that Mr. Quigley has been connected with the schools of Troy as pupil and teacher for a period of thirty five years.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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